Jewelry Design + Metalsmithing (Metals)
The Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing (Metals) program promotes an open environment in the studio that supports the freedom to be creative, yet also insists that students have the self-discipline to meet the requirements of the courses. As a result, alumni of the Metals program are working professionally all over the United States and having their works collected into public collections across the country as well.
For the student seeking a BFA in Art – Studio Art with an emphasis in jewelry design and metalsmithing (Metals), study is offered in most areas of metalwork. Technical areas of study offered are: soldering, sheet fabrication, raising, stretching, forging, repoussé, large and small scale die-forming, casting, stone setting, tool making, metal finishing, chemical patination, titanium and aluminum anodizing, photo-etching, spray etching, metal inlay, roller printing, silver plating, studio photography of art work, a wide variety of mold-making possibilities, powder-coat technology for the studio artist and working with plastics, wood, and glass. Students will also have access to (CAD) Computer aided Design and rapid prototyping technology.
The program of study is structured to give a strong technical foundation in metals and yet allows sufficient flexibility for students to explore personal directions in their work throughout their study at Texas Tech University. Each student is also required to participate in a Senior BFA exhibition at the completion of his or her course work.